Pope Francis is expected to arrive in the capital of DRC, Kinshasa, on July 2 in his two-African-nation pastoral trip that is to see him proceed to South Sudan in an ecumenical trip alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Jim Wallace.
In his four-day pastoral visit to DRC, the Holy Father is scheduled to meet the people of God in the cities of Kinshasa and Goma, the latter city being the capital of North Kivu Province in Eastern DRC.
When realized, the July 2-7 pastoral trip to the two African countries will mark Pope Francis’ third visit to sub-Saharan Africa. The journey will be the third Papal trip to DRC, which is home to Africa's largest Catholic population.
During the May 14 press conference, Bishop Paluku refuted claims that the planned Papal trip will be canceled, saying, “Pope Francis is expected in our country in July and we are preparing for that visit.”
“Catholics in Butembo-Beni are happy to participate in this historic event. Like the Christians of Goma, they are preparing for this event, and many have registered to come,” the Congolese Catholic Bishop said.
He continued in reference to the people of God in DRC, “They know very well that the Pope carries them in his heart, the Pope who is informed of all that we are experiencing here: the cruelties, the epidemics, … I ask them to continue to pray so that the day we are waiting for will come.”
Bishop Paluku called on all Christians, through the media, to pray for the arrival of Pope Francis in DRC, and added, “Everyone without exception was invited to take part in the Papal Mass, without any deposit or price to pay.”
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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